Mass shooting occurs in Las Vegas on Sunday

Worst mass shooting in US history


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Police vehicles are seen near the site of shooting in Las Vegas, the United States, on Oct. 2, 2017. At least 50 people were killed and over 200 others wounded in a mass shooting at a concert Sunday night outside of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Huang Chao/Xinhua/Zuma Press/TNS)

Story by Maddie Gerrald , staff writer

A gunman opened fire from a Las Vegas hotel room Sunday night at an outdoor concert festival on the Las Vegas strip. More than 50 people have been reported killed and hundreds of others have been injured in the deadly shooting.

Near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the country singer Jason Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. His performance was interrupted by the sound of gunfire and victims falling to the floor.

Eyewitnesses account that the shooting lasted about 15 minutes. The first report of the shooting was at 10:08 p.m. over the police radio, leading to SWAT units storming into the upper level of the Mandalay Bay and finding the gunman dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to “The New York Times,” the reported gunman was identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada. A search warrant has already been issued on Paddock’s home, which local officials say will be a lengthy process.

President Donald Trump issued a statement early Monday morning reaching out to the victims of the families of those affected and plans to visit the city on Wednesday, Oct. 4, to express his condolences. Trump addressed the nation at 10:30 a.m. Monday. 

“In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one and it always has,” Trump said. “We call upon the bonds that unite us. Our faith, our family and our shared values.”